noun (often lowercase)
Origin of Druid
Examples from the Web for druidic
According to Druidic dogma the souls of the dead were guardians of the living, a belief shared with the Ancient Indians, etc.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
Some important buildings were surrounded with large upright stones, similar to the famous "Druidic" temple at Stonehenge.The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West|Robert E. Anderson
So he struck her with a rod of Druidic spells, which turned her head into a pig's head.The Science of Fairy Tales|Edwin Sidney Hartland
When we read of Druidic associations we need not regard these as higher than the organised priesthoods of barbarians.The Religion of the Ancient Celts|J. A. MacCulloch
But was not that a Druidic superstition, and unworthy of the credence of a Christian?By the Barrow River|Edmund Leamy
noun (sometimes capital)
Word Origin for druid
1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).
The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.